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News Comments > Diablo III Turns Three on PC; Celebrates With Console Buffs
4. Re: Diablo III Turns Three on PC; Celebrates With Console Buffs May 15, 2015, 10:10 Jivaro
nin wrote on May 15, 2015, 09:35:

Still enjoying the PS4 version eh?
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
6. Re: Evening Mobilization May 14, 2015, 11:20 Jivaro
Armengar wrote on May 14, 2015, 10:57:
my galaxy S5 writes to the SD card quite happily in camera and other apps. And with a 64gb SD card it works very well. The galaxy S5 recently replaced a "bought on launch day" galaxy s2 that is just about still working; the charging socket is shot and there is a hairline fracture in the body casing. Battery has been changed but the screen is pristine. The S2 is now living as a media box running XBMC on a small screen TV (via HDMI of course).

In a couple of months I will be replacing my S3 with a S5 or the newest Note. Both are pretty sweet devices. The S6 is a great phone but I am not ready to give up the SD card slot yet. That's a great re-purposing idea for your S2. Think I will do the same thing with my S3. I already use an original iPad as a digital photo album/picture frame.
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
2. Re: Evening Consolidation May 13, 2015, 22:36 Jivaro
See, if I were in charge at EA I would have gone into full on troll mode and announced Tom Brady as the cover athlete.

Than, a week later, I would claim to be making a change due to "listening to our fans" and put Johnny Manziel on there instead. You know...for the double troll.

Maybe use someone like Greg Hardy the third week, and so on. Only after a month of that would I have announced the actual cover.

I know, my sense of humor is off.
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News Comments > All Future Battlefield 4 Content Free
20. Re: All Future Battlefield 4 Content Free May 10, 2015, 15:12 Jivaro
While I have no doubt that people honestly feel that their opinions are justified and that there are far too many bugs and problems, I just can't help but feel like there is this wave of hate that people really want to ride when it comes to Battlefield and Call of Duty games. I am not feeling sorry for Activision of EA, their hype machines basically guarantee the backlash because they can't possibly deliver the games that they promise. Particularly when they are willing to ship completely bugged products with promised features missing and day one DLC. At the same time, so many people play these games for hundreds of hours then go online and complain about how crappy they are. If they are so bad why do those same people go buy the DLC, or the next game..or even pre-order? If you think the answer is "the mainstream sheep just take whatever the publishers shove towards them" than you really are dense. I mean what..everyone else are sheep and you are the only one that can see what is really going on? Give me a break. Things are worth what people will pay for them. These games are getting more expensive to make and to sell because more and more people are finding them fun to play despite their very predictable launch issues. They have a serious amount of "replayablity" while providing some incredible "HOLY CRAP DID YOU SEE THAT" moments and many gamers value both of those things tremendously. (probably because unlike many of us, many gamers only buy a few games a year...where as I get the feeling that the people who post here tend to buy every game they can because gaming isn't just a form of entertainment to us, it's our hobby)

Don't get me wrong, I am not what anyone would call a real fan of either series. I am not a huge fans of FPS games just in general. Once in a while I buy an entry in either series when it reaches a price I am willing to pay, has been patched up completely, has a GOTY edition or something similar, and even than I do it out of curiosity. These are two sales leaders in their genre after all. Sometimes I buy them on the cheap just because I want to see what everyone was talking about. I always seem to get my moneys worth out of them. Probably because my expectations line up with the price I paid. Perhaps the hate train would be more lightly loaded if more people either skipped the games completely since they already seem to know they won't like them or simply waited until the purchasing conditions matched their expectations.

edit: Also, Slick is right about BF4 and the patching campaign. Very few games have ever had the kind of post-release attention that BF4 has had. Sure, you can complain that it shouldn't have needed it in the first place and that is valid. That doesn't change the fact that it's getting the attention though.

This comment was edited on May 10, 2015, 15:22.
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News Comments > Into the Black
12. Re: Into the Black May 8, 2015, 18:24 Jivaro
I have seen Age of Ultron twice now and I can confirm that they put an awful lot into a shorter time than they probably should have. I get it, they wanted the movie to be of a certain length and both Marvel and Whedon wanted certain things covered...but even as a huge comic book geek it took me two times through before I could honestly say I actually caught everything the movie was telling the audience.

Whedon isn't Michael Bay (THANKFULLY!) and yet the first time I saw the movie I had that same "I don't know what just happened but it looked cool" feeling numerous times. Maybe it was all an evil plot to get twice as much money from. Who knows.

I will say this though....worth every damn penny both times. Very fun movie to watch. A lot of plot holes and story questions I had from previous movies were answered as well.
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News Comments > Op Ed
18. Re: Op Ed May 8, 2015, 18:18 Jivaro
jdreyer wrote on May 8, 2015, 16:11:
Meh, Greenlight is like Youtube for games. Anyone can upload anything, but if it violates TOS, it gets removed. Greenlight <> Steam until Valve approves it, so I think the system is working fine.

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News Comments > The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Trailer
19. Re: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Trailer May 7, 2015, 19:44 Jivaro
What the hell is going on over at GMG with their W3 keys? Just saw some thread about CDPR not selling them any keys so they went out and bought them from third parties and are reselling them at a discount without approval from CDPR. Interestingly enough, they list Namco as the publisher which is only true in PAL regions on retail copies.

Sounds like I better get my popcorn going..some drama is a coming...
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News Comments > Mortal Kombat X Patch Returns; Saved Game Fix Plans
4. Re: Mortal Kombat X Patch Returns; Saved Game Fix Plans May 7, 2015, 10:31 Jivaro
nin wrote on May 7, 2015, 09:19:
InBlack wrote on May 7, 2015, 09:13:
Since when do fighting games have save games???

Since there's a story mode/unlockables you progress through? I don't even play many fighters and think Soul Calibur had one back on the dreamcast ('99?). Maybe even the Tekken games on the ps1?

Yep and Mortal Kombat in particular has had quite a bit of save data for some time. I think for this particular franchise it started on the original XBOX and PS2 when they introduced the Krypt and the ability to keep separate user progress with regards to unlockables and storyline progress. Many other franchises, like Tekken, have been taking advantage of memory cards and hard drives to track progress in multiple modes of gameplay for even longer.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue May 6, 2015, 11:29 Jivaro
Verno wrote on May 6, 2015, 10:05:
I don't understand why people always want these ginormous TVs. I actually scaled down from 42" to a 32". Not that it gets a lot of use to begin with.

I don't sit like 5 feet away from my TV, 32" wouldn't cut it. I have a big living room and more than one person watches the TV from different angles. 55" is the norm now, manufacturers are slowing down on 50" stuff and anything below that you get start getting into reduced feature sets, worse panels and etc.

I use a 32" LED as the center of my three screen displays on my PC with a 24" LED on either side. They are mounted in a semi half circle nearly 5-7 feet from my eyes. The size of the screens is very important or I wouldn't be able to read the text on a basic website without scaling it to a ridiculous size. I use that setup because for gaming it can make for some incredible experiences, particularly with flying and racing games that support it. It's also nice to be able to run a windowed-fullscreen game on the center screen and have other things going on like email, Skype, espn, etc on the other two screens.

Like Verno, my living room is big enough that anything below 50" would make it so many people in the room wouldn't be able to tell what's happening on the screen from various angles. Even in my old apartment, which had a significantly smaller living room, once I made the jump from a 32" tube to a 56" DLP there was no going back to a sub 50" screen. It didn't make a difference with most TV shows of course, but it made a huge difference with movies and video games. Pairing the large screen with even a basic 3-piece sound system and basically creating a small scale cinematic experience is worth every penny.

I never owned a plasma TV, I went from DLP to LCD/LED. I really liked that DLP but my Samsung LED has much better blacks. The DLP had a bad habit of "greying" black a bit. I assumed it was the nature of the tech beast. If I can get more vibrant colors with a plasma I might go check out some used ones for the mancave gaming rig provided the blacks stay black. For whatever reason I tend to notice the white/black quality more than the vibrant color ability. Maybe because I keep the viewing spaces minimally lit? Not sure.

This comment was edited on May 6, 2015, 11:47.

edit: I am not talking about the size of the screens I use in a "mine are huge brah!" sort of way, I am just answering the "I don't understand why people have such big screens" question. This is why I have big screens...for the entertainment experiences they allow me to create.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue May 6, 2015, 11:21 Jivaro
Right before my 56" Gateway DLP made a popping noise, projected a little smoke out the side, and showed a display of what looked like melting black plastic across the screen....the color disappeared. Turns out I had a circuit board and the bulb fry at about the same time. At least that's my best guess. When the repair people told me how much they wanted to come look at, not including parts, it I just went and bought a new LED TV.

I loved my DLP, it was my first HD capable TV. *tears*
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News Comments > Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Trailer
10. Re: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Trailer May 5, 2015, 01:45 Jivaro
Agent.X7 wrote on May 5, 2015, 00:44:
nin wrote on May 4, 2015, 23:50:
Jivaro wrote on May 4, 2015, 23:37:
I didn't pre-order it and I haven't played New Order Yet...but damn, that looked fun. Damn this backlog of games...

I paid full price for New Order and have no regrets. It's a good story, with memorable characters and great gunplay. My GOTY for 2014, hands down. If you buy it on steam for $45, you get both for $45.

My only concern is the length of the DLC, as I think it's only like 7 chapters. We'll see how long that translates into hours of gameplay tomorrow, with reviews (I hope).

But I REALLY hope Machine Games (who did both the game and DLC) gets to make the followup. The ending (of New Order) is a bit of a cliffhanger (stick around for the very end of the credits), and I'd love to know what happens next.

Yeah, hoping for a sequel too. Really was a fantastic game. And I won't even botch about the engine. (Crossed my fingers behind my back, nya nya)

Good to know! Thanks to both of you
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News Comments > Mortal Kombat X Jason Voorhees Bundle Tomorrow
3. Re: Mortal Kombat X Jason Voorhees Bundle Tomorrow May 4, 2015, 23:44 Jivaro
Xero wrote on May 4, 2015, 21:05:
Since I got the premium edition, I'm suppose to get all these characters when they come out? Why the hell did I have to pay for Goro?

You paid extra for Goro? I thought it was the pre-order bonus. It was for me through Amazon.

I am loving this new MK. The story is, as always, cheesy and only mildly entertaining but the variety of gameplay modes provide some great replay value. I am underwhelmed with Jason, but the other addon characters look interesting although I hope Tanya isn't a Sonya clone in a different skin.

Still looking for a good fighting stick for my PS4 though. I had two for my PS3, one came with a Collector's Edition of Street Fighter vs Tekken and the other came with the Collector's Edition of MK9. I dig the new dualshock but it's still not nearly as good as an arcade stick for fighting games.
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News Comments > Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Trailer
6. Re: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Trailer May 4, 2015, 23:37 Jivaro
nin wrote on May 4, 2015, 18:57:
Preloaded and ready to go! Hit it!

I didn't pre-order it and I haven't played New Order Yet...but damn, that looked fun. Damn this backlog of games...
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse May 1, 2015, 02:20 Jivaro
Smart move.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
13. Re: Morning Consolidation May 1, 2015, 02:19 Jivaro
I bought a PS4 the February after it released and usually I don't buy consoles in the first year of release. Just like with the 3 Sony consoles before it, and 2 portable consoles, I dig it. I must be exactly whatever Sony views as it's target audience because I have been really satisfied with all of their hardware. (despite some obvious bumps in the road)

Having been sick the last week, I particularly like being able to play my PS4 games on my Vita remotely while in bed. That is a very cool feature.
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News Comments > Steam Ending Paid Mods; Providing Refunds
18. Re: Steam Ending Paid Mods; Providing Refunds Apr 27, 2015, 22:02 Jivaro
I guess the upside for Bethesda is that from now on....when people want to take a pot shot at most likely won't be about horse armor. They really outdid themselves this time.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 27, 2015, 10:18 Jivaro
Happy Anniversary Blue  
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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: On Sale Apr 26, 2015, 18:57 Jivaro
If you were a fan of the original Thief game...the reboot is a disappointment from a gameplay standpoint.

If you never played the first game and dig "fast" stealth games than the reboot is a 6 or 7 on the 1-10 scale. Good graphics, good sound, and on the PS3 the controls were tight. Obviously on the PC the controls might not translate as well, maybe someone else here can speak to that. The steampunk-ish atmosphere was fairly good on the console, I can only imagine that it would be better on PC. The story itself is fairly cliche if that is important to you that 6 or 7 score might drop to 5 or 6.

I myself didn't finish the game. I had expectations because of the fun I had with the original game and the reboot is a pretty big departure in a number of ways. QTEs, cinematics that interrupt the gameplay, and things like bonus XP for "headshots" just made the game feel very casual and not very "Thief" to me. That said, some of my friends that played and liked Dishonored also liked this new Thief game. I have not played Dishonored yet (I know, the shame) but I assume it has something to do with the similar "focus" gameplay mechanic where you can slow down time to execute skills and moves with precision.

I have heard that it is possible to finish Thief without actually killing anyone. I am personally fairly skeptical, it sure seemed like the developers went out of there way to teach me how to beat the hell out of the guards in the opening of the game, but seeing as I quit after less than 2 hours of gameplay...I guess I wouldn't really know.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
6. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 22, 2015, 11:24 Jivaro
Both of my "smart" TVs have had recent updates to the Youtube app. One would assume they were to keep them functioning. I have a blu-ray player with a Youtube app built-in as well...I am very certain it won't be getting the same update. It was already out of production when I bought it.

Planned obsolescence, you gotta love it.
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News Comments > Firefly Cast Returns for Firefly Online
34. Re: Firefly Cast Returns for Firefly Online Apr 21, 2015, 22:49 Jivaro
Going by Joss's most recent comments, I would say it is far more likely that he will attempt to create a totally new IP before he revisits anything.

The answers Joss has been giving to interviewers are things that sound like "After so many years of doing Marvel's stuff, I need to go do my own stuff. I need to create something new again and make sure I still can." (paraphrasing)

Firefly, Buffy, Dollhouse....we all want to see more and everyone in the world knows it. It's literally money sitting there to be collected. I think some of that will be done but it really sounds to me like Joss isn't in any hurry to redo old stuff. It sounds like he wants to do new stuff right now. Can't say I blame him.
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